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K-9 Balu with NY Port Authority finds 24 lbs of cocaine in secret compartment


A savvy K-9 with the NY Port Authority Police sniffed out twenty-four pounds of cocaine, along with over $125,000 in cash.

K-9 Balu helped bust alleged trafficker Cesar Chavez, 51, and two others in the Bronx, according to authorities on Wednesday.

Image credit: DEA.

Chavez, a native of Manhattan, had secured the hefty cache as a way to mitigate supply shortages during New York’s authoritarian and often economy-suffocating coronavirus lockdowns.

Chavez’ nephew, Cristian Rodriguez Chavez, 32, and accomplice Roberto Javier-Batista, 38, were also taken into custody.

“The conduct charged in this case is brazen. The defendants’ alleged cocaine business flourished as the Bronx and the rest of New York City struggled with devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said in a statement.

Without Balu’s help, according to the New York Post, the law enforcement would never have found the stash, which was hidden in a wall behind a bathroom medicine cabinet.

According to the New York Post, the packages of cocaine in the bathroom were labeled with a “Chinese dragon stamp.”

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